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KA Promised Land Rating 3 out of 5


  • Gus Van Sant


  • Matt Damon
  • Frances McDormand
  • Hal Holbrook
  • Joe Coyle
  • Titus Welliver


Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant and co-writing star Matt Damon re-team for this cautionary environmental tale. Oil company salesman Steve Butler (Damon) uses his small-town background to his advantage when he persuades poor rural towns to sign over the mineral rights beneath their homes for the controversial 'fracking' natural gas extraction method. However, he doesn't get it all his own way when the people of McKinley begin to have second thoughts... Nicely acted and with Van Sant in mainstream, conventional mode, this has interesting things to say about corporate responsibility and the moral clout of local communities.

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